Please post here if you want to join us in the US History Project [closed]

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Please use the new thread at

The United States History Project and its myriad sub-projects cover the people, places, and events through time in the geographic region that we know today as the United States of America. See the US History Project page for information on our scope of activity, our sub-projects, and some related projects.

If you are a WikiTree member who would like to help improve profiles and other WikiTree content in one or more of the US History sub-projects, please:

  1. Introduce yourself by answering this post. (Please post an answer, not a comment.) Tell us about your interests in US history -- and how you intend to contribute -- and we will get you a US History badge.
  2. Add us_history to your followed tags, as well as tags for any specific states or special topics that you are focusing on.

Please be sure to check out our project page for links to the various sub-projects you might want to join. Note that several other specialized US-related projects, such as US Southern Colonies, Mayflower, Puritan Great Migration, and the 1776 Project, have their own badges separate from this one. You don't also need to join the US History project to participate in one of those projects, but most of us work on multiple topics and may want to be in more than one project.

Thank you!

Please post your request to join us as an answer, not a comment. Comments are liable to get overlooked!

WikiTree profile: United States Project WikiTree
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
closed by Ellen Smith

Hi I would love to join the project. I am the descendant of many early settlers including Col James Mead from Rutland VT Mead-711

Hi, Lopi. You already have the badge for the US History Project. As you build out your family tree, please reach out to other project members whose families share the same families, geographies, or historical events.
Hi, My name is April I am interested in the U.S History project I am really interested in Utah, Ohio, and North Carolina and I would like to contribute however I may be able to help.
Welcome to this project, April. You have the project badge now! When you are getting ready to dive into a focused research effort, I suggest that you introduce yourself to the leader(s) or coordinator(s) of the US History sub-project(s) relevant to your topic -- see for the list.
Several generations of my mother's family were in Tennessee after coming in at Virginia and the Carolinas. I have found out recently that my 3rd g-g-father, John C Proctor, was murdered 1872, on the highway between Jackson, Tn and Corinth, Miss.

I am interested in joining for Massachusetts. I've got at least 12 different connections to Salem including 3 direct ancestor victims and another great-uncle.  Have several Revolutionary War vets, about 30 PGM members and the founders of Watertown, Rowley, Topsfield, Newbury and Salem. 

Bret Cantwell 

Thanks to Jamie and Bret for volunteering! You have the badge now.

Folks: To request a badge, please post an ANSWER to this thread. Comments may get overlooked.

Hello!  I am very interested in joining the Kentucky and the Ohio projects.  I am new, but I have traced one line to the 1700s with lots of help.  I would love to be able to help someone.

There are a lot of family cemeteries that need to be documented.

Glad that you are joining us, A -- and congratulations on tracing that one family line!

You have the US History badge now -- please get in touch with coordinators Cheryl (for Kentucky) and Terri (for Ohio) to introduce yourself, let them know what you're working on, etc.

I would like to join the U.S. History Project. In addition to multiple Revolutionary War Patriots among our ancestors I have also discovered that we are descended from Mayflower passengers. I sit in awe of each new discovery since as a girl I was sure that our family was the absolute, only family in the world with the last name of Ottinger. Imagine my surprise! I am especially interested in the Missouri and Tennessee projects too.

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I'm new to WikiTree and interested in Clinton County, PA. I have a family line with many linked there. I can help out where needed.
by Rachel Wagoner G2G Crew (500 points)
I too have ancestors from Clinton Co. ( Lock Haven) during Civil War and through the 1880s.  If your relatives were in the Union Army, they may have been in the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers.  My ancestors were in Co. H of the 148th.  There is a monument in Gettysburg that lists all the names of the soldiers in the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
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I'm from Pig Kentucky born and raised there. I would like to join in on the Kentucky history project.

Thanks Roger Houchin #158
by Roger Houchin G2G5 (5.0k points)
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I am very interested, as I am a member of the SAR, War of 1812, a Vietnam Veteran and a member of numerous other organizations that concern the history of this wonderful country of ours.

Douglas Duggar
by Douglas Duggar G2G3 (3.9k points)
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I'm still plowing away in Arkansas with the Arkansas Project, Census Project (creating census indexes for WT), Civil War, and a few cemeteries.
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 7 (71.4k points)
Hi, Lynette. I was surprised to see a long-time US History project volunteer check in on this thread, but it's great to hear what you're working on!
Thats because I hate making new posts because I can't find the old ones so I piggy back when ever I can.
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I have become very interested in researching my family history over the last year and a half. I have recently become a member of DAR after discovering I had family fighting in many of the American and Russian wars. I would enjoy helping out this cause, my husband is exceptionally knowledgeable in US history.
Hi, Kristen. You weren't logged in to WikiTree when you posted. If you're a member, please let us know what your WikiTree ID is; if you're not a member, you need to join us!
So Sorry! Im unsure where to find my ID, all I am finding is Hausmann-106
Hausmann-106 is your ID here. Glad to have you in this project; you'll soon have the badge.
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I'm from St.Lawrence County in the far North of New York State. I have ancestors ranging from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.  I'm familiar with the local resources in my region from my genealogy research (Digital local newspaper archive, Library genealogy collections, and historical societies.

by Fraser Fraser G2G Crew (970 points)
Welcome, Chris. Just the other day I created a profile for somebody who lived in St. Lawrence County -- it's good to know who I can ask for advice about the area.
I'm glad there are so many local resources in this rural area. Hopefully I can be added to the project so I can list them on the NY and St. Lawrence county page.
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I am interested in joining because I am a history buff and I love finding ancestors in the stories that history has told us about. For example, George Washington and one of my maternal ancestors are in Washington's letters. I also have maternal ancestors that have served in all of the wars that America has ever been in. In addition, family lore has my ancestors having a part on both sides of the Salem Witch Trials, which I have found out to be true. Luckily, they survived otherwise none of the maternal descendants of that family would exist.
by Susan Redfearn G2G Crew (440 points)

Sounds like you'll want to contribute about everywhere, Susan. You may also be interested in participating in the Witch Trials project or some of the Military and War subprojects for US wars.

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Although I do have badges for Mayflower, PGM and 1776, U.S. history has always been of great interest to me since I was a child. I have over 30 ancestral families that came to America after 1620, and many published family genealogies in the 19th and early 20th century. So far, I have entered much of several of those of several of those genealogies into WikiTree and still have more to go. At present am working on the 1868 genealogy of the Peck family. These old family genealogies are full of the history of their times.

Alton Rogers
by Alton Rogers G2G1 (1.4k points)
Thanks for joining this project, Alton. You and I are distant cousins, several times over. Like you, I'm aware that there has been a great deal of history on this American continent since the years when our Mayflower and PGM ancestors arrived.

That 1868 Peck genealogy by Ira Ballou Peck is a wonderful piece of work -- particularly for its time. It's definitely not error-free, though -- we do need to check (and cite) original records and more recent scholarship to confirm the information or discover errors.
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I've collected a lot of information about the Civil War soldiers of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and I'm always happy to share.  By extension, I've also accumulated a lot of info from Worcester County, MA, and am glad to work with others in this area.
by S. Harnwell G2G Crew (440 points)
Thanks for offering your resources! You have the badge now. I do hope you'll be taking the time to add your ancestry and other family to WikiTree.
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I am interested in joining the US History project because of my own personal family history as it relates to US history. As early settlers from Scotland, Ireland, England, we had a family member on the Mayflower, Civil War and Revolutionary war veterans, as well as many other stories that were found through research.
by Calista Massey G2G1 (1.0k points)
You have the badge, Calista! I look forward to seeing your contributions here.
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I would like to join because I have a long line of family in the US back to colonial times. I would like to be the project coordinator for Oklahoma as I was born and raised here and am proud of my state.

My name is Angelique Mae Barton Chamberlain. I have a fairly large tree. I’ve enjoyed working on genealogy for about 25 years. I’m a member of DAR, APG & NGS. My husband’s family also goes back to colonial times.
by Angelique Chamberlain G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)
Happy to have you in the project, Angelique! And thanks so much for your offer to coordinate Oklahoma. Because Sarah and I are both new to the leadership role in this project, we won't be designating additional coordinators immediately -- please bear with us while we assess the current situation across the US History project and its sub-projects.
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I would like to join US history project. I am trying to prove all my Revolutionary War patriots. I would also like to join the Michigan History project. Both myself and my husband descend from early pioneers of Michigan.
by Laura Holman G2G Crew (890 points)

You have the US History badge now, Laura. Thanks for volunteering!

There's no separate badge for Michigan, but please add michigan to your followed tags list so you will be alerted to Michigan discussions here in G2G. Many American families passed through Michigan at one time or another, so many of us might want to consult with members like you from time to time.

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One fourth of my tree goes back to colonial times. There are a lot of smaller interests I see in the list. Working on a project with my cousin regarding Bell Rock Cemetery in Malden, MA. Many sources add names to the burials which don't appear on the Find-A-Grave site. My immigrant ancestor's memorial at Bell Rock Cemetery was seen in the late 1960s on one of the surveys that is archived at the Malden Public Library. However, has been skipped in Find-A-Grave. We are now locating other sources in the hopes that we find his memorial.
by Gregg Legutki G2G Crew (870 points)
You have the US History badge now, Greg. Thanks for volunteering and for letting us know about your work in that cemetery.

I hope you find your ancestor's memorial, but even if you don't it's good to have that older record. I have some ancestors whose graves were recorded in past decades but are no longer findable, so I'm grateful for those old cemetery records, which often contain information not available anywhere else.
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Hello my name is Melody, I really don't have any one favorite topic, I love to learn about pretty much everything history has to offer. I would love to volunteer and help in any way that I can. Thank you.. Melody Loudermilk

by Melody Loudermilk G2G Crew (600 points)

Hi, Melody! Welcome to WikiTree. Before you start joining projects, you need to upgrade your membership status from Guest member to full Wiki Genealogist. You should see a form on your WikiTree Nav Page to help get you to the next step. And I suggest that you sign up at to follow the us_history tag here in G2G.

You say you are interested in everything, but maybe there's a topic in which you are particularly well-equipped to build online content or help others: Perhaps it's your home state, or a particular time period (such as Reconstruction or the Great Depression), or a specific focus like cemeteries in the county where you live. Any thoughts?

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I am definitely interested in helping out with this project.  I have family that has been here since 1635, who came here during the Great Migration, on the Mary & John with Gov. Winthrop.  I have a ton of info that I have gleaned from many resources all over the internet, as well as from visiting my ancestors' graves in Dedham, MA.  Plus, I have driven my family batty, pestering them with questions...  haha  :)
by Kristen Wolfe G2G Crew (470 points)
Welcome! For the time being I expect that you will be concentrating in building the more recent generations of your ancestry, but as you work back in time you might decided that you want to get involved with specialized projects such as Puritan Great Migration.
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I am interested in helping in the Native Americans Project or sub-projects I willing to start small and I am volunteering to do the Ojibwa Tribe and work up, just let me know. Rose
by Rose Edwards G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)

Hi, Rose. We'd love to have you in the US History Project, but it seems like your passion is for the Native Americans Project, which has its own separate badge and sign-up thread. Please go introduce yourself to them at their G2G thread. I predict that they'll be excited to have your help.

And it you also want to work with other aspects of US History, just come back here and say the word!

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My name is Brian, originally from Cincinnati, my ancestry hails from Kentucky, around Pulaski County and have been traced back through the Cumberland Gap.

I'm a huge student of American history especially the westward movement.
by Brian Parton G2G2 (2.2k points)
Glad to have you, Brian! It looks like you received the US History badge when you volunteered for the Virginia Project (which uses the same badge).
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I'm interested in joining the US History project especially how it relates to Maine. I've done quite a bit of work in this area and it keeps tending to overlap with the Acadia project, Massachussetts project, Mayflower project, etc yet not quite fit any of them.
by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (330k points)
You have the badge now, Steven.

Maine does overlap quite a bit with Massachusetts (after all, it used to be part of Massachusetts) and Acadia -- and because those early New England settlers were maritime people, Maine probably didn't seem as remote from places like Plymouth as it does for us modern landlubbers. Glad you care about its history!
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Hello. Yes, I am interested in joining the US History Project. I have posted many of our family ancestors on who emigrated from Canada with their families, and were buried here. In fact, next to the UK, there are more MAXTEDs in the US than any other country. Some were involved in the Fenian Raids, some had businesses in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida; while some were Big Band Leaders - like Billy Maxted of the Manhattan Jazz Band fame. Lots of interesting stories in a myriad of different trades and professions. So do count me in!
by Steve Maxted G2G3 (3.4k points)
Welcome to this project, George!

Thank you for including me on the US History Project. I look forward to the opportunity of adding my bit to this project and thus enhancing the entire benefit of I look forward to hearing further about the project.

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I am interested in joining the US History Project and the Pennsylvania group specifically because of my own family history.
by Ronald Spahr G2G5 (5.1k points)
Welcome! It looks like your Pennsylvania roots include a generous helping of Palatine German ancestry. (I have that, too.) Glad to have you here!

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